13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Samukawa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Engaku-ji Temple and Kinomiya Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya) and Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

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Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo. Traveling from Philadelphia in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Engaku-ji Temple, Kinomiya Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Samukawa Shrine, Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Sanzen-in Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daigo-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and stroll through Mt. Kurama.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kongobu-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hase-dera Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, and make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple, Kinpusenji Temple
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning website .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kencho-ji Temple
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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